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The history of coal mining in South Wales (part 1/2)

The history of coal mining in South Wales (part 1/2)
Key Info
  • The history of coal mining in South Wales (part 1/2)
  • Duration: 4:24
  • The valleys of South Wales were transformed by the demand for coal during the industrial revolution. An interview with an archaeologist describes the impact of human activity on the land. In the mid 19th century, farming communities in this area were transformed by coal mining. Workers from all over the country moved to South Wales in search of mining jobs. Falling demand for coal in recent years, political decisions and increased global competition led to the collapse of coal mining in South Wales. The last pit closed in 2008. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Rural: Industry

  • Keywords: coal, colliery, energy, industrial, landscape, mining, power, primary, resource, Rhondda, rural, urban, Wales, economics, industrial revolution, history, BritainFromAbove
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on industry, particularly a study on the changing fortunes of coal mining in Britain. Highlights the impact of coal mining on the valleys of South Wales and the rate at which decline has occurred.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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